Gains & Losses
Lost Virginity

On prom night, in the darkness of a party closet,
after-party death connection,  before the freeways
eat my buddies whole,  and spit out their shortened
histories,  my cumberbum came off and my rented
slick trousers fell,  and in the stuffy darkness of that
sacred cell,  I built for you the castle of my imagination
and lowered the drawbridge for your holy entourage
to enter.  We slept that night like stone in a fitted wall
surrounded by the morning’s violent moat,  and now
memory takes me nowhere further,  I come back to this,
the perfect moment of all my future gains and losses.

Copyright 2009,  George Moore

George Moore's poetry has appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyPoetry,   North American Review, OrionColorado ReviewNimrodMeridianChelsea,   Southern Poetry Review,   Southwest ReviewChariton Review, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. George was a finalist in 2007 for the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from Ashland Poetry Press and earlier for The National Poetry Series, The Brittingham Poetry Award, and the Anhinga Poetry Prize. His recent collections are Headhunting (Edwin Mellen, 2002),  and the e-Books, All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (Pulpbits, 2007).  He teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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